Fort Hood in Texas, one of the largest military bases in the U.S., was renamed Fort Cavazos last week in honor of Gen. Richard Edward Cavazos, the first Hispanic American four-star Army general.
“We are proud to be renaming Fort Hood as Fort Cavazos in recognition of an outstanding American hero, a veteran of the Korea and Vietnam wars and the first Hispanic to reach the rank of four-star general in our Army,” Lt. Gen. Sean Bernabe, III said in a U.S. Army statement.
Named after John Bell Hood, a Confederate cavalry captain who led troops against the Union in the Battle of Gettysburg, Fort Hood was one of nearly a dozen Army bases named after Confederates.
The Naming Commission, established by Congress in 2021, recommended the renaming of numerous U.S. military sites.
“So long, Fort Bragg. Hello, Fort Liberty,” a Jan. 5 news article on the U.S. Department of Defense website said. “The Naming Commission process is now over and the names of bases, posts, ships, streets and more named after Confederate soldiers will change.”
Fort Benning in Georgia was recently renamed Fort Moore. Fort Bragg in North Carolina, named after Confederate general Braxton Bragg, will be renamed Fort Liberty next month.